Now you see, my friends laughed at me when I rolled up in my petrol 159, they thought it would break down on any journey longer than about 3 miles, it would do 12 inches per gallon and be worth 50p in 5 weeks time.
Thing is, they all drive diesels. My mrs drives a diesel and it does about 41mpg average. It's dull, boring, slow and soulless to drive and sounds like a piece of farm equipment. That's OK is a Peugeot 307 estate, it's a sensible family car, it should have a diesel engine.
An Alfa isn't. It's an enthusiasts car, it has soul and passion, it should smell of leather and petrol and the steering wheel shouldn't be contaminated with that slimy crap you get on your hands when you fill it from the black pump. It shouldn't sound like a taxi either.
My 2.2 JTS does 31.5 mpg average. I don't drive it slowly, I don't hang around, I do exploit the performance on my commute and I arrive at work every day grinning like a Cheshire cat. I don't then slump inside to discuss road tax an fuel economy and how much it all costs.
My point is, people who buy Alfas, never used to buy them for their fuel economy. They were bought because they suck you in and make you want them. All the best and most attractive things in life do. They are all expensive too. All of them. But do I care?
Do I hell
If your diesel does it for you, fine. But next time you look at the mpg compooter, remember this. Your annoying neighbour with the white Audi A4, the one who is paying 6.5% interest on a £37000 peoples car. Him. He is boring and drives a boring car. You are not, and you don't